Herschel, Eastern Cape

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Herschel is located in Eastern Cape
Herschel is located in South Africa
Herschel is located in Africa
 Herschel shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 30°36′54″S 27°9′43″E / 30.61500°S 27.16194°E / -30.61500; 27.16194Coordinates: 30°36′54″S 27°9′43″E / 30.61500°S 27.16194°E / -30.61500; 27.16194
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Joe Gqabi
Municipality Senqu
Established 1879
 • Total 4.48 km2 (1.73 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,189
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.9%
 • Coloured 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 87.5%
 • Sotho 10.1%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 9756
PO box 9756
Area code 051-603

Herschel is a settlement in Joe Gqabi District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The village is situated 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of Lady Grey, due east of Aliwal North. Founded in 1879, it was named after the astronomer Sir John Herschel who worked in the Cape Colony from 1834 to 1838, making observations of Halley’s Comet amongst his other astronomical work.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Herschel". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Raper, P. E. (1989). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-947464-04-2 – via Internet Archive.